The Harris-Wheeler Collection documents the efforts of Alvin S. Harris and Richard Wheeler to collect, share, and sell cross-dressing and sexual fetish materials, including literature, photographs, periodicals, catalogs, and other types of materials. The collection is divided into three series, Series I, Cross-dressing and Trans Fiction (1923-1983), Series II, Subject Files (1870-2000), and Series III, Scrapbooks and Binders (1849-1954).
Series I, Cross-dressing and Trans Fiction, consists of erotic literature primarily featuring cross-dressing in sexual situations, bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, and sadomasochism. This series is arranged alphabetically by title of publication.
Series II, Subject Files, consists of various types of materials including catalogs, advertisements, and price lists, commercial publications, newspaper and magazine clippings, drawings and illustrations, correspondence, and photographic material , devoted to cross-dressing and sexual fetishism. This series is arranged alphabetically by title.
Series III, Scrapbooks and Binders, contains photographs that feature specific themes such as sexual discipline, domination, and bondage, as well as cross-dressing and particular articles of clothing, primarily lingerie, corsets and girdles. Scrapbooks and binders have been deconstructed, but maintain original order. This series is arranged alphabetically by theme.